Standalone or series: Book four in the Omega Sector: Under Siege series, but can be read as a standalone. Cain needs someone who can hack the Omega system and flush out the mole. Fortunately for him, he knows an excellent hacker — Hayley Green, the woman he once loved. What hurts her most is that she believes Cain slept with her in order to get close so he could arrest her. However, the judge decided to make an example of her and sentenced her to ten years, with a minimum of four. Mason is his son. Other hackers have died in mysterious circumstances, too many for it to be a co-incidence.
Along the way, they realise they still love each other. Title: Mountain Shelter. The blurb: A mountain hideaway is all that stands between a bodyguard and the killer after his beautiful client…. But his next assignment brings unexpected risks. Hired to protect brilliant—but socially reclusive—neurosurgeon Jayne Shackleford, Dylan seeks answers in what he suspects was a foiled kidnapping attempt.
As the daughter of an oil tycoon, Jayne is the perfect target for ransom, so retreating to the mountains is the first step in keeping her safe. The second step is remaining vigilant in their secluded surroundings—and resisting the beautiful brunette with a target on her back. Take our intrepid heroine, Jayne. A woman who can perform such delicate, intricate surgery would really be a klutz?
And then we have our dashing hero, Dylan. And, as Jayne muses in one scene, could also be a porn star. So the plot is thus: an assassin for a cartel is trying to kidnap Jayne. It was obvious to me from very early on in the book why he wanted Jayne, but nobody — not the FBI, not the police, not our genius hero and heroine — seems to figure it out until the very end. I thought Jayne was just a bitch for most of the book, and I found it difficult to swallow Dylan falling in love with her.
With Dylan, he seemed to be half a dozen different men rolled into one. Neither did Jayne and Dylan. A pass from me, alas. Title: Kansas City Countdown. She was attacked, escaping with her life but with no memory of who wanted to end it. And the only person she dares trust is Keir. With the clock ticking, every second grows more precious, each action more important…their feelings more intense.
But his attraction to Kenna is making this self-declared bachelor reconsider just what his idea of forever could mean. Standalone or series : Book two in The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: Keir Watson was destined to be in law enforcement. His father, grandfather, oldest brother and sister are all cops and his other brother performs autopsies for the KCPD. She has amnesia, from being beaten around the head, and her face is covered in slash marks from a knife. The only person she trusts is Keir. While at the hospital, bits and pieces about her life start to come back to her.
Keir senses it and vows to stay with her until they can find out who attacked her and why. Taking Kenna back to her home does little to allay her fears. The house she inherited off her parents is sterile and cold, and shows no signs of warmth. She then finds evidence that she was being stalked before the attack and the stalker was sending her letters that formed a countdown. Keir finds evidence that Kenna was attacked at her property and knows Kenna is being followed by a man in a hood, so he refuses to let her out of his sight.
Drawn together by a man determined to kill Kenna, they have to race against the clock to find out who he is and why he wants Kenna dead before he succeeds in his plan. Kenna finds herself leaning on Keir and Keir realises he really liked the new Kenna, and inevitably they turn to each other. She and Keir decide their relationship is one worth pursuing.
Title: Cease Fire. Year of publication: — this book is being released on May The author very kindly gave me an ARC to read and review. The blurb: One perfect weekend changed his life. Two months ago, Roman Weber and Keira Spencer spent a breathless weekend together. But her sordid past and his privileged upbringing conspired against any happily-ever-after. When Keira is targeted by a killer, Omega Sector assigns Roman to safeguard her—and possibly win her back. Standalone or series: Book three in the Omega Sector: Under Siege series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: Keira Spencer is a remarkable heroine.
Orphaned at seventeen, she has no family and no money because her well-intentioned parents tied up her inheritance until she turned twenty-five. Alone in the world, she falls for a man from a wealthy family with political connections, Jonathan Cunningham. Keira lands in hospital more than once, and instead of supporting and helping her, her in-laws do nothing. Worse still, her father-in-law threatens her, telling her nobody will believe her if she tells them what happened because his money can buy silence. Eventually, Keira finds the strength to leave Jonathan and flees the state with absolutely nothing.
She finds work in a strip club, where she meets Andrea Gordon you can read her story in Man Of Action, where we first meet Keira. She puts in a hairdressing salon down the bottom and converts the units upstairs, because not only does she run a salon, but also a shelter where battered women can flee their abusers and have somewhere safe to go. Keira takes them in and teaches them a trade, so they can support themselves. Keira is a fighter.
They stay there for a few days before eventually heading back to reality. He finds out about the shelter and admires her quiet strength and determination to do good out of bad. However, a few things start to get in their way: his snooty mother, for one, who is none too impressed to find out her beloved son, for whom she has great political aspirations, has knocked up an ex-stripper.
She believes Keira is only after the Weber money and is determined to get rid of her, no matter how much it costs. She goes out of her way to blindside Keira at every turn and even offers her money to terminate her relationship with Roman — and the pregnancy. Another great instalment in the Omega Sector series. Title: Suspicious Activities.
But he never expected his first assignment would force him to break every rule in the employee handbook. He has every intention of keeping her safe—especially when his protective detail turns from professional to personal in the blink of an eye. Standalone or series: The fourth in the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: I enjoyed this book. He was a really interesting character.
Nikki is willing to give him a chance when Jonathan, one of the three men loyal to Nikki, recommends him for a job at Orion Security. Nikki, Oliver Quinn book one , Mark Tranton book two and Jonathan Carmichael book three all worked for another security firm that only took on rich clients. One day, a scientist named Morgan Avery came in and begged for a bodyguard because she felt her life was in danger; she had won a prestigious job in London and a lot of other scientists were angry.
When Morgan was murdered, Nikki let slip to a reporter what Andrew had said and when it came out in the media, Andrew was fired and his reputation was in tatters. He hires a group of men to murder her, and when everyone realises what is happening Jackson is tasked with protecting Nikki until they can catch Andrew. What follows is a whirlwind of cat and mouse as Nikki and Jackson do their best to avoid the hitmen and stay alive. In between all the craziness, they manage to find time to make out a couple of times, although, like the previous book in the series I read, the hero and heroine do nothing more than kiss.
I really loved Jackson; he had a quiet strength to him that was incredibly appealing. Worth a read. Title: Primal Instinct. The blurb: On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Standalone or series: Book one of the Instinct series, but can be read as a standalone.
Her reputation precedes her; she helped solve an untold number of cases in a two year period. However, eight years ago, she suddenly stopped working with the FBI and has become somewhat of a legend whispered about at the water cooler. The body count now stands at five, and Conner and his partner, Seth Harrington, are willing to do anything to find him. Adrienne Jeffries now owns a horse ranch a couple of hours outside San Fran, and her manager, Rick, has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to meet the conditions of his parole for minor crimes. She can hear their thoughts in her head.
The evil voices scream inside her head. She gets nosebleeds and migraines. But the FBI did not look after her in any way, just demanded she kept helping them solve cases, and eventually it became so hard for her that she had to walk away. Which is why she is reluctant to go back to the FBI, but she does to help Rick. There is one scene where Adrienne is in a coffee shop one morning and can hear a man intent on murdering two of the people in the coffee shop with Adrienne that is just incredible.
This is the first in the Instinct trilogy — Adrienne is a triplet, and her sisters Paige and Chloe also have a gift. The next two books are their stories. Be prepared to be sucked into this book — I read it one night for hours until my phone fell out of my hand because I was so tired!
Title: Full Force Fatherhood. The blurb: Mark Tranton thought his bodyguard career ended the day he watched a client die. Now Kelli Crane—the widow—needs Mark to keep her and her little girl safe. Being around Kelli again stirs something in Mark he could never admit. And spending time with her daughter makes him long to be more than just their personal protectors. Mark refuses to allow that to happen. Even if he has to sacrifice their newly discovered happiness to keep her out of the line of fire. Standalone or series: Book two of the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone.
The review: Mark Tranton is hired as a bodyguard to look after investigative journalist Victor Crane and his wife, Kelli. He tries to go back for Victor, but is too late. Two years later, Mark has quit the security firm because of his guilt over not being able to save Victor. Kelli has a daughter, Grace, and is preparing to move from the house she shared with Victor when she finds a notebook hidden in his study. The more they examine the evidence, the more it becomes clear that something is not right with the charity.
Title: Guarding Grace. Author: Rebecca York.
In the wrong place at the wrong time, Grace Cunningham had become a target, and only he could keep her alive. But Brady was convinced she knew more than she was telling…. Her brooding bodyguard had given her not only protection but passion and pleasure. Standalone or series: Book thirty three! The review: As a writer, there are only so many plots you can come up with. This book, sadly, had neither. The plot was just downright silly.
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Grace is still in the office when she hears John going at it with his latest paramour, and then she hears him die. The official line is that he had a heart attack, and his girlfriend is taken away for questioning by some shady individuals. His security team are covering his death up as nobody is sure whether his death was natural or forced.
They promptly go on the run where someone tries to kill them countless times. The woman John Ridgway was having an affair with was actually a female clone of himself.
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Turns out rich people paid some scientist to clone them in the event they ever needed an organ transplant??? Oh boy. I just felt sorry for Brady being dragged into the whole mess, and I did feel a little sorry for Grace, who felt less than human being a clone. Pass on this one, kids. Title: Man of Action. Four years later, her skill at reading people is unrivalled—until she meets fellow profiler Brandon Han. Paired together to track a serial killer who has been targeting at-risk women, the two become entangled beyond the case. Their mutual attraction deepens as they get closer to the truth.
Standalone or series: Book four in the Omega Sector: Critical Response series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: You know what I love about reading a book by Janie Crouch? This book was no exception. Andrea Gordon is an amazing heroine. Brought up by an abusive, alcoholic aunt and uncle, she finally leaves at seventeen and gets a job in a strip club. She hates every minute of it, but does what she has to do to survive. She approaches Steve Drackett, the Omega Sector director, and Grace Parker, the psychologist, to tell them about him, and something about her intrigues Steve enough that he and Grace seek her out after the crisis is over.
Four years later, Andrea has turned her life around. It makes sense — Andrea is excellent at reading people and one victim is from her hometown, so she knows the area well. They do eventually catch the killer, whose identity I did not guess, but not before Andrea is taken hostage. Brandon saves her, is injured, and they get their happily ever after. Title: Explosive Engagement. Author: Lisa Childs. The blurb: Nothing has fazed Logan Payne in his entire career as a bodyguard. Standalone or series: Book two of the Shotgun Weddings series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: I love the Payne family.
He was seventeen when his father, a cop, was gunned down during a robbery by Patek Kozminski. When Kozminski is murdered in prison, he leaves behind his three children: Garek, Milek and Stacy. Or do they? Stacy begged Logan once not to attend a parole hearing for her father, but he refused, determined to keep the man in prison. When Patek dies, someone comes after Stacy and Logan. Penny Payne has always looked out for the Kozminski children, who were teenagers when their father was incarcerated, so they respect her. Penny has it in her head that Logan and Stacy really are in love, united by their shared grief over their fathers, and when Logan starts to believe Stacy when she says her father never killed his, he investigates and finds out she was right.
Another enjoyable instalment in the Payne family series. FBI agent Joanna Rhodes was as beautiful and secretive as ever, but insisted on keeping their past—and their passion—where it belonged. Ethan knew tracking an elusive killer through the mountains was their assignment, but his need for answers was as tempting as his urge to touch Joanna. Unfortunately, resisting both was crucial to surviving this mission.
A mission that would determine how long Joanna stuck around once it was over…. Standalone or series: Book six of the Kenner County Crime Unit series, but can be read as a standalone. Joanna Rhodes is a Native American woman who left the reservation she grew up on after her alcoholic parents were killed in a car crash and she was raped by a family friend, who was never brought to justice because his uncle was the sheriff at the time.
She was in love with Ethan Bia, but his guilt at not being able to protect Joanna and her desperation to get away from the life she lived drove her off the reservation and eventually to DC, where she became an FBI agent. They eventually get their man — and each other. I adored Ethan. He was patient, gentle, and strong when he needed to be. Having said that, it was still a good book that I whipped through. Title: Baby Bootcamp.
Author: Mallory Kane. Even if it means compromising the mission…. Standalone or series: The second in the Daddy Corps series, but can be read as a standalone. The review: Oh boy. If he blushed once, he blushed twenty times in this book. You could almost have had a drinking game based on the number of times Matt blushed.
Matt felt like two separate characters — the hardened war veteran who could defend himself easily and take orders from superiors, and the bashful man who wanted to romance Faith. Their relationship seemed to oscillate a lot; one minute, Faith wanted Matt to stay near her and protect her, the next she was shooing him out the door. I have to wonder if she could physically have kept up the hours she was doing at her advanced stage, but Faith seemed to manage it okay. Matt is undercover as a construction worker, trying to find out who is making threats against the Governor. I was like, how did we get to marriage so quickly?
Faith never really showed Matt any inclination she was interested in a serious relationship; there was a lot of assumption on his part. Title: Takedown. But their chemistry was undeniable. Even if that entailed giving Jillian some very personal security…. Standalone or series: Part of The Precinct series, but can be read as a standalone. Jillian Masterson has a chequered past.
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After losing her parents in a plane crash at sixteen, she turned to drugs and men who were not good for her to cope. Jillian is being stalked by someone who knows her very well and looks to be following her. When Michael finds out, she reluctantly accepts his help in finding out who this creep is. What was done nicely was the romance. Michael had not been in relationship since his wife died and Jillian was too busy with her sobriety and getting her degree to think about a relationship she was not emotionally ready for, so it was nice to see them both be willing to give it a chance.
They all work together to try and figure out who is stalking Jillian. Oh, and the cover? Title: Detective Daddy. But Detective Ash Kendall was determined to keep it together. And with someone desperate to keep the secrets of the Christmas Eve Murders hidden, Ash was the only man who could protect Rachel and her baby…. The detective in charge of the case, now Deputy Chief Charles Hammond, caught the killer and put him behind bars where he belongs.
However, now that DNA testing is much further advanced than it was, the case is reopened. Ash finds out Rachel is pregnant with his child when she collapses and he takes her to hospital. His nickname around the precinct is Ashanova, and although she was warned by other women who came before her, Rachel thought she was different.
They dated for four months and he took her to New Orleans for a romantic weekend away, but it turns out that Ash realised he felt differently about Rachel and it freaked him out, so he phased her out as he does all of the women he dates. However, what neither of them knew is that Ash got Rachel pregnant that weekend.
The release of Rick Campbell from prison after twenty years throws the Kendall family into a spin, because it means that not only did the wrong man go to prison, but the real killer is still out there. When Ash finds Rachel on the floor of her kitchen with a head wound and her placed tossed, he insists she stays with him until whomever is targeting her is caught.
Ash eventually admits he loves her and asks her to marry him, and they get their happily ever after. The only thing that bummed me out is that the identity of the real killer was never revealed…. Title: Pregnesia. Author: Carla Cassidy. Lucas made it clear he could be trusted, and vowed to protect her until she was safe. Hours turned to days as they searched for clues to her hidden past. Then a family came to claim her, and a happy ending seemed imminent. Standalone or series: This is the last in The Recovery Men trilogy, but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed this book.
Lucas and his sister, Loretta, grew up in a violent family. Lucas was beaten every single day until he fled home at eighteen. However, when he does a 2am repossession as a favour, he finds a tiny, blonde, eight months pregnant woman in the backseat, bloodied and battered. After more than a week, her brother-in-law turns up to claim her. Julie is able to give him a signal and he, Micah and Troy bust into the church compound where Julie is being held to rescue her.
Title: Man Undercover. Author: Alana Matthews. The blurb: A cabin in the Colorado mountains promised Tara Richards a break from reporting…until Matt Hathaway sent her life into a tailspin. Deep undercover, Matt had less than a day to stop a bombing, and Tara was his last lifeline.
Entrenched in the biggest story of her career, Tara could control her own destiny, but not the man by her side. After all, he promised the most thrilling night of her entire life! The It Girls: They're rich, fabulous…and dangerously underestimated. It'll take more than a week at the spa for this heiress-turned-spy to recover from a potential murdering dad, a rough-around-the-edges boyfriend who doesn't know she's filthy rich and an FBI agent who has the gall to lecture her about protocol.
But if it means proving Daddy's innocence and saving the family empire, golden girl Madison Taylor-Pruitt will risk anything, even running in heels! Depraved Heart. Patricia Cornwell. I, Alex Cross. James Patterson. The Old Blue Line. A Jance. Stuart Woods. Cold Hearted. Toni Anderson. Laura Griffin. Sweets, Begorra. Connie Shelton. Body Work. Sara Paretsky.
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Caroselli's Accidental Heir. Michelle Celmer. Joanna Wayne. Jamie Freveletti. Get Real. Donald E. Carol Ericson. The Road to Ruin.
Vicki Hinze. Dearly Departed. David Housewright. Small Town. Greedy Little Eyes. Billie Livingston. Garden of Evil. Edna Buchanan. Riding Shotgun. Marriage Confidential. Debra Webb. If I Should Die. Grace F. Chris Grabenstein. Ann Voss Peterson. Dream House. Rochelle Krich. If Dying Was All. Ron Goulart. Department Thirty.
David Kent. The Enchanted Isle. James M. His Firefly Cowgirl. Beth Williamson. Mother Finds a Body. Gypsy Rose Lee. Deadly Aim. Paty Jager. The Last Good Night. Emily Listfield. Portrait of a Donor Short Story. Adventures of a Time Traveler. Matthew Holley. Do or Die. The Branson Beauty. Claire Booth. Stacy Eaton. Elizabeth Bevarly.